We’ve been in Thanksgiving planning mode lately. Juicy turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, pies and the infamous sweet potato casserole. Not going to lie, it’s so good it should be considered a dessert, yet somehow we still keep calling it a “veggie side dish” year after year.
There are many variations of sweet potato casserole, and this one is an all-time favorite. Is there really a wrong way to eat sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter and marshmallows? We think not. Can we all agree not to tell kids that sweet potatoes are healthy? We think it will be a few more years before they realize there is real nutrition in this dish. If you’re looking for another tasty option, you can always make a variety of sweet potato casserole with pecans.
What is the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?
In the United States, the terms “sweet potato” and “yam” are used interchangeably to refer to potatoes with red skin and orange flesh. However, you may see something else at the grocery store labeled sweet potatoes with yellowish skins, while your orange-fleshed variety is labeled yams. Guess what? Both are sweet potatoes! The kind of sweet potato that you thought was yam is simply black-skinned sweet potato. You don’t usually come across real yams in American grocery stores. True yams have brown or black skins and red, purple, or off-white flesh.
We prefer pomegranate sweet potatoes in a casserole, both for flavor and color! However, you can use orange-fleshed or white-fleshed sweet potatoes.
Mini or Large Marshmallows in Sweet Potato Casserole:
The large marshmallows were a bit too big for a sweet potato casserole, tasted tough and burned. We love the ratio of gooey center to crispy crust in the mini marshmallows and recommend sticking with the mini marshmallows. If you only have large marshmallows and are tight, use clean kitchen shears to cut them into small pieces and place them on top. Spraying the scissors with nonstick cooking spray will help with any sticking issues.
Can I use canned sweet potatoes/yams?
This recipe is written for raw sweet potatoes, and we highly recommend using them for the best flavor. If you only have canned goods, we can work together! Just skip step two of the recipe for boiled sweet potatoes. Instead, drain the canned yams thoroughly, then combine them with the other ingredients and add them to the casserole. You’ll need 1 1/2 to 2 pounds total, but you can always scale down the recipe if needed.